First of all, yes, I Googled the topic here. I just found 3 or 4 year old info. Has anything changed in the last few years, Colombian rule-wise? Also, has anybody taken a medium or large breed dog to Colombia from the States? Was it fairly easy? I will be taking a 40-45 pound dog, so I know he will have to be in a carrier and checked with my baggage. Does anybody have any recommendations as to which airlines are the best to use? I will fly out of FLL or MIA to Medellin. And last question, having never done this before, where do you pick the dog up at after arrival? Are the dogs just put with the rest of the baggage on the carousel and then you take them through immigration with you? Thanks for any information.

Posted on February 20, 2010


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RJ, this is a topic of much curiosity to me. Thank you for posting. My dog is mi hija. I've made all the arrangements with my apartment owner, and I have written approval that a dog in my apartment is acceptable and something he's aware of and approves of. But transporting her is a topic of much curiosity. Again, thanks for posting. I look forward to the answers. Sorry I didn't post an answer. Wish I had one.

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robert, i've taken very large and smaller (schnauzer) back and forth several times. the usual applies. having all shots in order, vet certificate, etc and all within 30 days of flight. personally, i vote against tranquilizing the dog for flight. i've done both and far prefer not using drugs, the dogs do fine. i've taken dogs in excess of 100 lbs with no problem. and they are far better than sicarios at keeping the 'unwanted' off/out of your property. i don't think that different airlines makes much difference, it's kinda 'ike and mike'. i never did price comparisons, just bought their passage on what ever flight we were on. d

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as usual, stephen is out cleaning up dog shit from the kennels....before he publishes his next book...'back biting for fun and profit'.... the man of much contribution to pbh.

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oh, stephen.....i neglected to ask...how many dogs have you taken to colombia?

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i've been importing dog into colombia for years. they key is to make sure you pack it in enough ice to make the trip as it can get detained at the aduana for days sometimes. additional dry ice helps.

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Jasus......WW,....... some people here would probably believe that. Not nice. Make stupid jokes about anything, but not people's pets.


Anyway RJ. Taking the pooch is a simple procedure. At the other end it will be brought out to the luggage area. You might want to double check the time frame between flying and having it's inspection at the vet. At one time, it could fly within 30 days.

Certainly, leaving from Colombia they changed that to 7 days. Your airline should have all this info. They will also give you the specs required for the travel case which depends on the size of the dog.

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RJ... at the risk of bringing out Stephen's ire again. I can tell you a unsimilar situation. jajaja A little over 4 years ago I brought a lab from Bogota to PA. Short layover in Miami. In Bogotá had to show all updated vaccination info and again in Miami. They had a vet at the airport in Bogota that needed to examine her and give the ok to fly. At the layover they brought our lab out with the luggage, not on the cresol. and let us walk her and give here a little water. After this she was none to happy about going back in the kennel. Same at Pittsburgh as far as they had her on a cart similar to what you would have at Lowe's and wheeled her to the luggage area for us to claim. For our dog that was really a baby it was kinda traumatic but she was ok..

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did someone say jasus?

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Here we go again...


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You will need:
1. An original and copy of a veterinarian issued Health Certificate which must contain full details of the dog, issued within 8 days of arrival, together with a copy of the vaccination certificate are required.
2 Import fee:
- Monday to Friday (07:00 to 18:00): COP 31,000.-;
- Saturdays, Sundays, holidays or out of office hours: COP 46,500.-.
3 Airports of origin must telex station manager of transporting airline at disembarkation point a notice of arrival, so that a veterinarian will be available.
4 The following breeds and any cross breeds of American Pitbull Terrier, American Staffordshire Terrier, Argentine Dogo, Bullmastiff, Canary Dog, Doberman, Dogue de Bordeaux (French Mastiff), Fila Brasileiro (Brazilian Mastiff), Japanese Tosa, Neapolitan Mastiff, Pitbull Terrier, Rottweiler and Staffordshire Terrier can NOT be imported
5. Make sure you have a copy of the airline way bill (AWB) if the airline issues one.
6. Call all of the airlines that serve Medellin and inquire as to their policies then decide.
7. They will bring the animal to you in the baggage pickup area and then you go through customs.

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u da man gator..
Can always count on your expertise

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oh, stephen.....don't talk like that. it's mean.

i don't know what you do to keep me from reading your posts....more specifically i wonder why. i have to peek in my neighbor's yard to see what you write. not that it's of any particular interest, but after taking the painful time to read your comments, i'm really concerned about your health and welfare. anyone who takes so much time to be interested in the life, errors, mistakes, sins of other's must just be laden down with issues they are afraid to address. (anyone who took psyche 101 and got a passing grade knows that) to, we are cautioned by our HOLY COMMON FATHER, to "judge not lest we be judged...and found wanting" and further, "to take the log out of our own eye before we look for the splinter in the eye of another.

now going to your personal page, you will note one of your earliest comments is mine, where i excused you for dragging my wife into a thread, where apon you immediately pm'd me and apologized for that lapse in judgement. and i, thinking your apology was sincere and honorable, as honorably excused the matter. i even thanked you for your military service. i have since come to know that 'sincerity' is a word not in your vocabulary.

in reading your comments, i noted one that was disturbing--to me--wherein you boasted that while you were serving (?) in africa you ran over primates with your jeep. how much pride is there in that? how much honor. i worked and lived in many countries in africa and if theire was anything that disturbed me, it was the cruelty towards animals...your's included.

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we can go on and on with this nonsense, stephen. if you so choose. however, i wont wallow in the mire and involve myself with cheap insults as do you as i don't choose to splash myself with mud, from throwing a rock in the puddle. so continue as you choose.

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dwmte.... might you have an alies I am unaware of? ;))

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Next door neighbors brought one three months ago and gave me the brochure-that's where the info came from

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Gator,I see that a bullmastiff is on the list,isn't Bill Turley's dog one? I thought for sure he said he imported Wrinkles.

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I brought my dog here from the States a year ago and all I needed was current shot and health info signed off by my Vet and the State Vet also... A Vet at CLT and at MIA looked in the crate and said ok... In Medellin he was checked out by a Vet at the airport for 30 seconds and I paid 32,000 pesos before he could leave the airport... Had a Kangoo Taxi waiting for me so the Large crate would fit in the car and we were off to the house... If anyone in Medellin is looking for a LARGE dog crate, let me know (only been used once)... By the way, Cody is 88 lbs.... good luck.... One more thing, If you are flying out of a regional airport make sure the commuter jet you are flying has a door large enough for the crate.. All airlines have the dimensions of the cargo doors available...

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Thanks for the responses. Yep Gator, I got those rules down now - doesn't look like much has changed. I am now just a lttle more concerned about the logistics. But if others have done it, I'm sure I can manage. And no worries on the breed - he is an Australian cattle dog / blue heeler.

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Took my dog (Chihuahua) to Cali in Dec 09', am taking her again March 3rd. Pretty much as Gator listed.
Don't know anything about #3 on the list ( Airports of origin must telex station manager of transporting airline at disembarkation point a notice of arrival, so that a veterinarian will be available). After having your local vet giving updated info on shots etc. you need the health cert. from USDA. You can do this in Miami see link .......http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/area_offices/states/maic_info.html#about_us or where ever is local in your state, I guess. In Fl at least you can also do it by mail (USDA doesn't need to see the dog, in fact you can't take dog for the appt) Call a couple of weeks in advance for appt., web site says you need an appt. voice mail says same thing, however notice on door says they will take walkins, I did the walkin thing in Dec because I waited too late to get appt., have an appt this time on Marsh 2nd. I flew Avianca last time and will again this trip. No problems. PM me if you want to talk directly. I'll update if there have been any changes after this trip. This is a permanent move so the dog ain't coming back!

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for the record, the last dogs we took down was in '97. not much has changed.

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RJ "And last question, having never done this before, where do you pick the dog up at after arrival? Are the dogs just put with the rest of the baggage on the carousel and then you take them through immigration with you?"
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I really would hope they don't put him with the rest of the baggage. Hope the dog importing goes well for him. Make sure you give him lots of treats after his flying ordeal ;)

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hey stephen....why are you being such a dick head????

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ditto that.

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Hey RJ when are you going? My dog is the exact breed your's is. We're going in June...would love to see some posts of how your trip went and any current tips to make smooth.

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Scum, Douglas and Stephen have a long standing feud. I like to just read and enjoy.

Posted on February 20, 2010


Sorry to be such a spoilsport. The fun ends here.
Mr. Aubrey wrote an offensive comment which I deleted and Douglas responded to his provocation.

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Saddle, I am trying to get there sometime next month - waiting on putting my house on the market and all the nonsense that goes along with that. But March is my goal. I'll keep you updated. Is your dog a male or female?

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My dog is a female, the first female I've ever owned...I've had both full blooded breeds over the years. They were the smartest most loyal dogs I've ever owned. I got lucky this lil' pup was given to me. She is incredible. Everything both breeds encompass. My dogs in the past blew me away with their intelligence & eagerness to learn. "Romo" who has the BH markings & short hair, but the head & the body/muscle tone of an AS, absolutely is stunning the level of intelligence she has. She very well could be the smartest dog I've ever owned. 21e3s3k.jpg

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Yep. My dog is the smartest dog I have ever seen also. And I have had German Shepards in the past. The damn SOB is too smart for his own good. If I am outside with him, and I get a phone call, he knows I'll be preoccupied for a few seconds and will disappear like a fart in the wind. I taught him how to shake, sit, lay down, show his teeth (smile), roll over in 15 minutes. It's pretty wierd actually. If your dog isn't fixed, maybe we should hook them up in the future. They could make some great puppies. My heeler is named Beavis. I'll try and find a picture later. (on my cell right now)

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Here he is Saddle:

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My dog was spayed when I got her. Looking at your dog, they both seem to sit the same way!

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It's always useful to know that your dogs (or cats) must be "vaccinated" before being allowed in Colombia but,as we know, there are many vaccines available for dogs (or cats).

Perhaps Gator could tell us WHICH specific vaccines are required for these pets (if Gator ever managed to import a pet in Colombia and actually knows the answer). At times, it actually helps to have done the deed...

I managed to import my cats from France to Colombia and this was not easy. There are many vaccines (for cats as for dogs) and Colombia is very specific as to which vaccines are required (for cats as for dogs). And, and I have seen, these requirements even change from month to month.

So, instead of stating "Your pets should be vaccinated", it might be useful to state WHICH vaccines your pets shoud get...

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Fookin mutt looks dumb as a brush. What's with the fookin bandana ?

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he's a 'blood' and don't like 'crips'.

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It is good to see Darloup back telling people how to post again!

How refreshing.

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I hate Breed Specific Legislation... I've had pit bulls for years and they have all been very well trained, highly intellegent, and never hurt a fly. It really kills me that I have to part with my sweet dog because I am moving to colombia, she is so nice and sweet and well trained.... sucks


I'll still try to work some magic once I get there, where there is money, there is a way

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Well RAAAY, he can respond to requests, which is more than I can say for some people.

Darloop, Gator's post stated the vaccinations needed.

Saddle, he is intact, an X-rated pic will be coming.

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And Douglas, he doesn't claim a set. He isn't bangin' wit a gang. He will throw down on small animals like possums, cats, and rodents.

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Saddle - I misinterpreted what you meant by "they sit the same way." Hahahahaahha. Anyway, here is another pic - X-rated.

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Darloup, for the one person who could not figure it out it is a rabies vaccination and certificate: All pets must have an original Rabies Certificate and this certificate must state include the date of inoculation and the time validity of the particular vaccination.. Why don't you tell US since you claim to have done it very recently. You also posted: "I managed to import my cats from France to Colombia and this was not easy." Interesting because importing cats from France is not allowed.
Prohibited:
- the import of all feline animals, i.e. cats or catlike (and any other animal that may catch Bovine Espongiform Brain Disease) from: Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Rep., Denmark, Finland, FRANCE Germany, Greece, Ireland (Rep. of), Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Slovak Rep., Slovenia, Switzerland and United Kingdom.

Robin Williams line from "Good Morning Vet Nam" to Lt. Steven Hauk really applied to you Williams said "In the dictionary under "asshole" it says "See you."

PBH would be a better place if you just put a rubber bank around your head and snap out of it.

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Jajajaja, Fing hilarious Gator. I wasn't sure - thanks for beating me to the punch! Just a certain person getting caught in a lie and posting misinformation. Classic.

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Hey Gator, my dog likes eating cats, much like Douglas enjoys an occasional stewed placenta and after-birth. He (the dog) can't pick that disease up from eating raw cat meat can he?

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Priceless Gator.........................fookin priceless.................lol


I see Ireland is also on the banned list....?????

I wonder what the fook is wrong with Irish pussy ? ( cats )


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Posted on February 20, 2010


What's the saying Pluto? "A tiger never loses it's stripes"?

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ur up earily Robert.. Taking the dog with you to Colombia... sounds long term. Whats your plans.. I am in Bogota and on the Pacific in May. I will buy you a beer if we cross paths..

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i'll never live that one down, anymore than i'll ever forget it.

robert, i was jokin about his bandana.

Posted on February 20, 2010


Beautiful doggies guys! and I love the bandana. Makes him look bad ass.

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stephen, you outdo yourself every time.

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Hey scumbuster - yep, it should be a permanent move. At least for the next year, I will be in Medellin. But I would really like to end up back in Villavicencio. It's close to Bogota, but 95 to 100 degrees everyday. Medellin is a little cool for me - I like the heat. Medellin is also too big for my tastes, I like smaller towns. But who knows where I'll end up in 6 months, 12 months, etc? My girlfriend is a social worker, and she might end up near the coast, close to Panama. (not far from Turbo) I am not too excited about that - but that is a year off, so we will see.

Posted on February 20, 2010